Epiphany 2020: Youth and Young Adults

Shine the light of Christ

The Season of Epiphany in the church lifts up the ways in which God’s glory in Jesus shines the light of the gospel to all the world.

The season begins on January 6, the Day of the Epiphany, which celebrates God’s use of the light of a star to lead three kings from the East to come and worship Jesus. Each Sunday’s gospel lesson tells how the light of Christ shines and calls people to Him.

During this Epiphany 2020 season, our youth and young adults will be shining the light of Christ by their own witness and testimony.

Today we are thankful to Sarah Knight who will be sharing as part of the message this morning.


Construction on Roof Systems

Construction has begun on the roofing systems at Trinity. For safety purposes due to construction activity much of the back parking lot and the Food Pantry will be blocked and unavailable. The projected time schedule for the completion of the phases of the roof system replacement is now the end of March. Please take care accessing the church building during this construction. The Food Pantry will be closed.


Food for Thought at UNF – March 3rd

Trinity’s date to serve dinner for the Jacksonville Campus Ministry at the University of North Florida is Tuesday afternoon (5:30pm), March 3rd. Though we have traditionally served chili, this year we are open to serving a different dinner. If you think you would like to help and have a menu idea, please speak to Pastor Robert.


Join together in “A House of Prayer” this Lent

Jesus said, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer’ ” (Luke 19:46). The Lord God spoke through the prophet Isaiah: “…my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” (Isaiah 56:7) The great joy of our unity in Christ is worshiping and praying together In Him. During the season of Lent this year, members and friends of Trinity are invited to set aside time to sit down in prayer together. Praying together strengthens the spiritual life of our congregation and our relationship in Christ. You are invited to share this deeper time of study and prayer. On Wednesdays in Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1, please come for a simple meal, 5:30-6:15pm, then for Study and prayer, 6:30-7:25pm (Classes are available for learning Lectio Divina or Centering Prayer forms). Sign up NOW to be a part of this wonderful experience of praying together.


Ash Wednesday – February 26th

Ash Wednesday worship with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion will be held on Wednesday, February 26th at 6:45pm. There will be a simple soup and salad meal which begins at 5:30pm and will be served continuously until 6:15pm. Sign up for the meal on the list in the Hall of Memories to help our church host, Rae Ettmyer plan. A freewill donation will be accepted for the meal.


CEW Play Days – March 3rd, 5th, and 6th

Do you enjoy playing with children?! The Play Days at each of the elementary schools in Riverside-Avondale sponsored by the Children’s Enrichment Workshops will be held this year the first week of March prior to spring break. The time is from 8:30am-2:00pm on each day. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate stations with activities for the children. The dates of the Play Days are:

  • Tuesday, March 3rd – Fishweir Elementary School
  • Thursday, March 5th – Central Riverside Elementary School
  • Friday, March 6th – West Riverside Elementary School

Speak to Pastor Robert if you would like to help at any of the Play Days. (Volunteers may help for a half-day only).


CEW Spaghetti Dinner – March 19th

The Children’s Enrichment Workshops of Riverside (CEW) will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser on Thursday, March 19th at Trinity. This is a fundraiser for the joint CEW program in Riverside/Avondale and is a great fellowship time with folks from other CEW participant churches and schools. Plus, we all enjoy the Best Spaghetti in Jacksonville! The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 4-12 years. Tickets are available for purchase in advance or at the door. Take-outs will be available for pick-up after 5:00pm and dine-in meals will be served from 5:30 – 7:00pm. Entertainment will be provided by elementary students. If you would like to help with the dinner, set-up, serving, and clean-up, please speak to Pastor Robert. Support is being provided through a Thrivent Financial Services Action Team Grant.

February’s Love Offering – Trinity’s Food Pantry

February’s “Love Offering” today will benefit Trinity’s Food Pantry. Please make checks payable to Trinity with a notation “Love Offering”.

Takeaway Bible Study

“Takeaway” Bible Study meets this morning at 10:10am in the Hall of Memories. Come get a cup of coffee and join the in-depth study/discussion of today’s gospel lesson. “Takeaway” leaders this morning are Kathy Koob and Judy Hassler. Next week’s leaders will be Ruth Johnson and Lise York.

Adult Sunday School

The Adult Sunday School class resumes  next week,  March 1st at 9:30am in the Cecil Poole Room. We look forward to seeing you at that time!

New Choir Practice Time

Unless otherwise scheduled, the Adult Choir will now be practicing on Thursday at noon in the choir room at the church. All are invited to come and “make a joyful noise” singing with Trinity’s choir.

From This Foundation, Our Ministry Grows

There has been tremendous response thus far to the Capital Campaign appeal From This Foundation, Our Ministry Grows. From its inception and kickoff in 2018 thru January 31, 2020, $203,087.24 has been received in individual offerings, investment income, Memorials, WELCA, Trinity Commeratives, and from the Children of Trinity ($790.00). Over $401,387.00 has been committed to the Campaign and if you have not made a commitment you are invited to do so. The total renovation estimate is $925,000. Whether large or small, every commitment and gift makes a difference. Pledge cards are available in the Friendship Registers, and special packets of giving envelops are available in the Narthex of the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has committed and/or contributed to this Campaign.

Coffee Hour

Thank you to Karen Hiers and Lise York who hosted Coffee Hour today.  Next week’s Coffee Hour will be provided by Mary Bollingberg.


This Week at Trinity: Sunday, February 23rd to Sunday, March 1st

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – M – Th; 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 on Friday

Remember – Pastor Robert’s day off is Monday


SUN (2/23)                             reSource worship                                                             9:00am

                                                “Seniors in Transition”                                                   9:00am

                                                Children’s Sunday School & Discipleship Training  10:10am

                                                Takeaway Bible Study & Choir rehearsal                  10:15am

Traditional Service                                                        11:00am

MON-FRI (2/24-2/28)           Food Pantry                                                                  CLOSED

MON (2/24)                            Quilters                                                                             9:00am

TUES (2/25)                           CEW-Yoga                                                                       3:15pm

                                                Youth Group                                                           6:00-7:30pm

WED (2/26)                            Ash Wednesday (dinner)                                                 5:30pm                                        Ash Wednesday (service)                                                           6:45pm

THURS (2/27)                        Choir Practice                                                                 12:00pm

CEW-Basketball                                                              3:15pm

FRI (2/28)                              NFAN                                                                              11:30am

SAT (2/29)                              Square Dance Assoc.                                                       7:00pm

SUN (3/1)                               reSource worship                                                             9:00am

                                                Adult Sunday School                                                       9:30am

                                                Children’s Sunday School & Discipleship Training  10:10am

                                                Takeaway Bible Study & Choir rehearsal                  10:15am

Traditional Service                                                        11:00am